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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming's unemployment rate has dipped to 3.9 percent in June. The rate is down significantly from May's 4.1 percent. From June 2016 to June 2017, Wyoming's labor force dropped by an estimated 5,210 people, suggesting that individuals have moved to other states or have given up their job search.

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - Some lawmakers say if they're going to support any new taxes to meet Wyoming's estimated $400 million annual funding deficit for K-12 education, they want to see some cuts in education as well. Republican Sen. Ray Peterson, of Cowley, says it will be difficult to sell any tax increase without some reductions.

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Politics in Washington has reined in an annual recognition of American cowboys backed by US Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming. Enzi's office says despite bipartisan support, a resolution designating July 22 as the National Day of the American Cowboy failed for the first time since 2005.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of a wildlife activist who said his free speech rights were violated when a sheriff's deputy barred him from watching livestock agents herd wild bison into Yellowstone National Park. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that there was no legitimate reason to prevent the activist from observing the bison from a nearby gravel road in May 2012. A state court had earlier dismissed a misdemeanor citation against the activist.

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